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Wow! Sweet! Any plans for it? Top hat?
Probably not a hat but you never know. It literally is priceless and such a sweet cymbal. I think Ill do one of my videos with the small K’s/A’s They are perfect suspended cymbals for percussion/classical work. Ive got to baby this one!
 

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Sweet. I'm curious to hear how you like it. I've wanted one for a while...
I'm not the best at describing cymbals but what I liked about it when playing last night is I was getting good stick definition, the pitch was not too high, and it was not getting washed out. It worked alongside my 24" white label giant beat better than I expected.

I don't think I crashed it last night.

I did end up putting a little rubber O ring on 2 of the 3 sizzles as felt like the 3 were just too much for what we were playing. Neither the bassist or guitarist said anything about the sizzles so I don't know if they noticed or not. I didn't tell them I brought a new cymbal.

I'm happy with the cymbal. I have no idea how consistent the Beautiful Baby's are cymbal to cymbal.
 

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I'm not the best at describing cymbals but what I liked about it when playing last night is I was getting good stick definition, the pitch was not too high, and it was not getting washed out. It worked alongside my 24" white label giant beat better than I expected.

I don't think I crashed it last night.

I did end up putting a little rubber O ring on 2 of the 3 sizzles as felt like the 3 were just too much for what we were playing. Neither the bassist or guitarist said anything about the sizzles so I don't know if they noticed or not. I didn't tell them I brought a new cymbal.

I'm happy with the cymbal. I have no idea how consistent the Beautiful Baby's are cymbal to cymbal.
GD guitarists. They never notice anything drum related...

That a good review. Is yours on the heavier side for BB's? That's what I would look for, I think. I can imagine the lighter ones getting away from me a little too easily.

Thanks for the review!
 

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I picked up a Zildjian L80 LV468 pack. They really are quiet. Good for practice. Along with Remo Silent Stroke heads, I can play vigorously at 10:30 PM and not even wake up my dear wife!!!
 

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Probably not a hat but you never know. It literally is priceless and such a sweet cymbal. I think Ill do one of my videos with the small K’s/A’s They are perfect suspended cymbals for percussion/classical work. Ive got to baby this one!
I get it. It would be hard for me to not play that thing, but being hi hats can be bad for cymbals. Crash sounds fun.
 

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GD guitarists. They never notice anything drum related...

That a good review. Is yours on the heavier side for BB's? That's what I would look for, I think. I can imagine the lighter ones getting away from me a little too easily.

Thanks for the review!
Well mine is 1843 grams on my scale which I feel is pretty accurate give or take a few grams. A half dozen or so videos I looked at had cymbals ranging from roughly 1725 grams to 1910 grams including, both the older and newer A cymbals, so I think mine is on the slightly heavier side of average.
 

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Haven’t owned or played a 16” crash since the last century but recently my ears went looking for that sound. So finally a 16” Meinl Byzance thin crash brilliant made it home along with a 19” medium thin crash brilliant. The Byzance Brilliant series crashes are some if the most versatile crashes I have come across and I now own a 16” two 18” and a 19”. On the dark side with a lot of shimmer silver and crunch, open up fast and very full bodied.

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Istanbul Agop OM 15" Hi-hats. My first 15" hi hats ever! Very dry and dark. It's a pretty different sound from my previous hi-hats (Zildjian 14" K Mastersounds) and it probably takes some time to get used to it. The open sound (e.g splashes) is also very different. I wonder if these differences are caused by the different size..
 

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After a long search and listening to countless examples, I finally took delivery of a gorgeous Monophonic Ride.

I'm not a Jazz player, but I fell in love when Meinl showed these cymbals at NAMM 2018. There's just something about them that, despite my best efforts, I simply could not ignore, and this one was absolutely worth the wait.

 

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Well mine is 1843 grams on my scale which I feel is pretty accurate give or take a few grams. A half dozen or so videos I looked at had cymbals ranging from roughly 1725 grams to 1910 grams including, both the older and newer A cymbals, so I think mine is on the slightly heavier side of average.
I set the Beautiful Baby up as a left side ride today. I've never played a left side before. I also tried it as a crash while playing Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" just because the cymbal was in a convenient spot and it worked "Beautifully Baby"! I'm quite surprised at how versatile this particular example is for me. Definitely a keeper.
 

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After a long search and listening to countless examples, I finally took delivery of a gorgeous Monophonic Ride.

I'm not a Jazz player, but I fell in love when Meinl showed these cymbals at NAMM 2018. There's just something about them that, despite my best efforts, I simply could not ignore, and this one was absolutely worth the wait.

That’s my favorite Meinl ride. I have TWO!
 

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Came upon something cool on eBay last week. It’s an Agop Signature 20” Ride. What attracted me to it besides it being a Signature ride for a good price was the weight seemed unusual 2010 grams vs the 16xx-17xx of all the others I have found info on. Also it had beautiful hammered patches all around the edge. It also appeared to have a serial number on the bell. Finally the seller said it had been in storage for over a decade, so it had to be early. It got here today and I did a little reading up and it seems like it may be a very early version, as only the first couple years had serial numbers, as well as heavier weights. It also has a slightly larger Istanbul logo and no laser crest. But Most importantly, it sounds fantastic! I took a picture of it next to a more modern one to show the differences.
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Very nice! Out of curiosity, do you play them as a pair or split between kits?
Both. They actually sound great together, one is higher/trashier, the other smoother and lower. But they usually end up split up, because it’s a very specific sound when paired together.
 

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Came upon something cool on eBay last week. It’s an Agop Signature 20” Ride. What attracted me to it besides it being a Signature ride for a good price was the weight seemed unusual 2010 grams vs the 16xx-17xx of all the others I have found info on. Also it had beautiful hammered patches all around the edge. It also appeared to have a serial number on the bell. Finally the seller said it had been in storage for over a decade, so it had to be early. It got here today and I did a little reading up and it seems like it may be a very early version, as only the first couple years had serial numbers, as well as heavier weights. It also has a slightly larger Istanbul logo and no laser crest. But Most importantly, it sounds fantastic! I took a picture of it next to a more modern one to show the differences.
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Holy Moly.
What are they like with a little more beef left on em?
 

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Just got the Beautiful Baby a couple of days ago. I took a chance on it as I love videos of cymbals with sizzles but in real life (for me) sizzles tend to be overpowering but not so with this cymbal. I was also concerned about a 19" being too high of a pitch but again not so much. It also crashes surprisingly well. The cymbal weighs in at 1843 grams. I'm going to take it to our bands practice where I'm playing a set of Giant Beats. I'm not sure how well it will integrate but I want to play it out so we will see.
I recently got to try that cymbal in person and I loved it. Is there any major differences compared to the other Armand rides? They don't have rivets but I see them listed at half the price.
 

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I recently got to try that cymbal in person and I loved it. Is there any major differences compared to the other Armand rides? They don't have rivets but I see them listed at half the price.
I'm really not sure how it is different from other Zildjian A rides as do not have any and have not played any either. Wish I had better information than that to share but unfortunately I do not.
 

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Holy Moly.
What are they like with a little more beef left on em?
Played it a whole bunch today, and it is an impressive ride. The extra weight gives it a very clear strong stick presence with a slightly higher pitch, with a low roar of a wash that doesn’t overpower. It really projects, especially for a Sig. Bell is clear and musical. Crash has the Agop dirty magic, but mutated and powerful. If that is dragon breath, than this is mecha Godzilla breath. Ran it with a Sig 20” crash 1575 gram, and that was fun. Then I put my usual main filly ride, a 22” 30th of almost the exact same weight on the left and that worked even better. I see a bright future for this ride.
 

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Have bought quite a few cymbals over the last year or so for the last Chicago show that didn't happen. BUT....can't recall the last one that I bought for me. Seems like it was a paper thin Zilco sizzle that is about the neatest fast trash crash that I have played. It's the sound that I always had in my head....18".

Mike
 


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